Casey Affleck, who won an Oscar last year for his performance in Manchester By the Sea, is no longer slated to present the Best Actress award at this year's Oscar's ceremony. It's tradition that the previous year's Best Actor winner present the Best Actress award, but Affleck will reportedly not be in attendance at all, Deadline reports.
During his Oscar bid last year, several media outlets resurfaced sexual harassment allegations against the younger Affleck brother. Sources told Deadline that Affleck doesn't want to distract from the nominees' performances and from the #MeToo movement.
Two women accused Affleck of harassment on the set of the 2010 Joaquin Phoenix film I'm Still Here, and though both cases were settled, the allegations were not a good look for Affleck. Even before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, the optics of an accused harasser presenting the Best Actress award rubbed many the wrong way. In the climate of #MeToo and #TimesUp, those optics have proven to be unacceptable.